Iraq

  • Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    Mursitpinar: Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which...
  • Asian Games: Iraqi archers ignore dangers in pursuit of gold 3 days ago

    Incheon: Speeding cars tear past just metres away, kicking up dust and sand and noise, while the sun beats down remorselessly on the archers standing by the side of the road. Iraqi archery team captain Mohammed Ali Fayyadh describes the training 'facilities' back home then takes a long, wistful look at...
  • David Cameron asks Parliament to back fight against Islamic State 5 days ago

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament on Friday and made a case for the UK to join US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) terror network in Iraq which he warned could "not just take months but years". Cameron told MPs that IS poses a "clear and proven" threat to...
  • Iraqi woman activist killed by Islamic State 6 days ago

    Baghdad: Militants with the Islamic State group publicly killed a rights lawyer in the Iraqi city of Mosul after finding her guilty of apostasy in a self-styled Islamic court, the United Nations said on Thursday. Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was seized from her home on September 17 after allegedly posting messages on...
  • Algerian extremists allied with ISIS behead French hostage 1 week ago

    Rabat: Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video obtained on Wednesday by a US-based terrorism watchdog. A group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, had said they would...
  • Islamic State releases second video of British hostage John Cantlie September 23, 2014

    London: The Islamic State militants have released a second video of British journalist John Cantlie in less than a week which shows him warning US-led coalition against carrying out military operations against his captors. In the latest five-minute video, Cantlie warns that the United States and its allies are embarking on...
  • NIA seeks MHA approval to file case against ISIS, alQaeda September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday sought the permission of the Home Ministry to file a case against the alQaeda and Iraqi terror group ISIS under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act or UAPA. Sources say that the Ministry is likely to permit the FIR soon. CNNIBN had reported last...
  • Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children September 22, 2014

    Beirut: Syrian government air strikes killed at least 42 people, including 16 children, in Idlib province in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. The air raids on Sunday afternoon and evening killed 19 people, including six children, outside the city of Saraqeb, and another 23 people,...
  • US military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight September 22, 2014

    Washington: As America reengages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region's web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, US forces may be needed on the front lines. President Barack Obama has ruled out a combat...
  • Don't ease up on Iran for help against IS: Israeli Prime Minister September 22, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the West against easing sanctions on Iran to win its support in the fight against jihadists in Syria and Iraq. As the Islamic republic and six world powers started a new round of talks in New York on the Iranian nuclear programme,...
  • Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program September 21, 2014

    United Nations: Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. The comments from the officials, who asked not to be named, highlight how difficult it...
  • Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger September 21, 2014

    Ankara: Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the welldressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their...
  • French jets strike in Iraq, expanding USled campaign against Islamic State September 20, 2014

    Baghdad: President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets hit "a logistics depot of the terrorists" near the city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State for more than three months. It promised more operations in coming days. The French military action, which follows US air strikes in northern Iraq and...
  • IS uses chemical weapons against army in Iraq September 19, 2014

    Baghdad: The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has reportedly launched a chemical attack on Iraqi forces in Saladin province, media reports claimed on Friday. The attack took place Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Dhuluiya, and left around a dozen people and army personnal affected, Press TV reported citing local...
  • US advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting September 18, 2014

    Washington: Some US military advisers could end up in frontline positions in the fight against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Wednesday, although President Barack Obama vowed that America would not fight another ground war in Iraq. The House of Representatives gave a green light to a key plank...
  • US warplanes carry out first air strike on IS near Baghdad September 16, 2014

    Paris: US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants. The United States early last month began air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq, but Monday's announcement that the campaign had...
  • We can transfer weapons but we cannot transfer political will: US September 16, 2014

    The US on Monday said that nearly 40 nations have agreed to contribute to the fight against the militants. US Secretary of State John Kerry is on the road, building a coalition to fight Islamic State terrorists. It's all part of US President Barack Obama's plan to dismantle and destroy...
  • After beheading, Cameron says, 'They are not Muslims, they are monsters' September 15, 2014

    London:The beheading of a British aid worker by the dreaded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was described Sunday by Prime Minister David Cameron as an act of "pure evil" even as Britain confirmed that the video showing the gruesome killing was genuine. The 44yearold aid worker David Haines was...
  • UNSC strongly condemns 'heinous' murder of Briton by ISIL September 15, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the "heinous and cowardly" murder of British humanitarian aid worker David Haines by the Islamic State terror group, saying the outfit must be defeated and violence it adopts "stamped out." "This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel...
  • For traumatised Iraqi refugees, psychological aid first September 14, 2014

    Zakho: Fourteenyearold Yusra wipes away a tear before laying her head on the shoulder of aid worker Parzhin, after facing up to her fears and telling her story. Yusra and her Yazidi family were forced to seek refuge in Zakho, a town in northern Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region, after fleeing a...
  • Britain's Cameron to chair emergency meeting after hostage killed September 14, 2014

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Sunday to discuss an Islamic State (IS) video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. IS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released the video on Saturday. Reuters could not immediately verify...
  • ISIS kidnapped David Haines while he was working for French agency September 14, 2014

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. David Haines, a 44yearold father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped in 2013 while working for the French agency ACTED. ...
  • Iraq PM says he will protect civilians after USIraq air strikes against Islamic State September 14, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Haider alAbadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilian areas, following attacks by both Iraqi and US jets in large areas of the country held by Islamic State fighters. The announcement, which comes as the United States tries...
  • Islamic State video purports to show beheading of UK hostage David Haines September 14, 2014

    Baghdad: Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. David Haines, a 44yearold father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped in 2013 while working for the French agency ACTED. The video entitled, "A...
  • Iraq PM says will protect civilians after USIraq air strikes against Islamic States September 13, 2014

    Baghdad/Cairo: Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Haider alAbadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilians, following attacks by both Iraqi and US jets in large areas of the country held by Islamic State fighters. The announcement, which comes as the United States tries to...
  • Combatting Islamic State not US fight alone: Obama September 13, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the decadelong wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past. Obama says under US leadership more nations are joining a coalition against the extremists, who control up...
  • Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas September 13, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's prime minister said on Saturday that he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist group this summer. "I issued...
  • China unlikely to join Obama's antiISIS coalition: Report September 12, 2014

    Beijing: Though facing militancy in its restive Xinjiang province, China is unlikely to join the US led campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria but will provide moral support, the state media reported on Friday. China may not directly join the antiISIS coalition being cobbled by US President Barack...
  • US wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign September 12, 2014

    Jeddah: The United States signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the SyrianIraqi frontier. After talks in Saudi Arabia's summer capital Jeddah, Secretary of State John...
  • Respect sovereignty in fight against terrorism: China September 11, 2014

    Beijing: China on Thursday called for respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries in the fight against terrorism, as US President Barack Obama vowed to expand airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to contain the Islamic State militants. "We hold that in the international struggle against terrorism, the international law should be...